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Bitter And Sharp Flavours – A New Trend For 2019

Bitter And Sharp Flavours – A New Trend For 2019

We might only just be into the New Year but already, it looks as if 2019 is shaping up to be the tastiest yet. Our fabulous new menus are proving incredibly popular and more couples are also opting for bespoke menus to really bring their favourite flavours to their celebrations. However, if you’re looking for something that’s totally on trend for your wedding food and drink, we’ve got the perfect solution right here. Bitter and sharp flavours are set to be big news this year and we’ve got a whole host of options for you that will really make your mouth water.

So, what’s so great about bitter and sharp flavours? Well, when they’re included in a well-balanced menu, they make every element come alive. They provide the perfect counterpoint to super sweet or decadently rich dishes, they can refresh your palette and they give you the opportunity to really play with flavours and ingredients. In short, bitter and sharp flavours will really bring the zing to your wedding menu.

If you’d like to embrace this new trend, we can offer you a number of options from our new menus, Alternatively, if you work with us on a bespoke menu for your big day, we can create something truly individual that includes all your favourite tastes and flavours.

Start your wedding off right and enjoy bitter yet refreshing espresso martinis for your drinks reception

Let’s start with drinks that include a hint of bitterness or a touch of sharpness. We love serving cocktails at any time and, if you want to explore this new trend, what could be better than a Negroni or a dark roast espresso Martini? If you’re a fan of gin, we could mix pink gins with aromatic tonic waters infused with Angostura bark for a real kick. The perfect non-alcoholic option would be our fabulous Cosmo-not, featuring peach, cranberry and a twist of lime.

Alternatively, give classic cocktails with a sharp twist with angostura bitters

Moving on to your wedding breakfast, why not start with a salad of pickled beets served with apple and white radish, chicory and celery leaves with a pistachio and cider vinaigrette that’s sure to get everyone’s taste buds tingling.

Kick your wedding breakfast off in the perfect way with a carefully prepared salad that’s full of flavour

Chargrilled tiger prawns would be another great choice. Served with a salad of crab and caramelised lemon, this is a wonderfully light dish that your guests will absolutely love. (If prawns are on the menu- what about a classic paella. Not bitter or sharp – but with prawns, slow cooked chicken and saffron – it’s an easy guest pleaser!)

If you’d prefer something a little more informal, wok food absolutely has to be on your foodie shortlist. Spicy fried chicken with green beans and ginger, crispy coleslaw and a citrus dressing is a brilliant unexpected alternative for wedding food and guests love this inventive dish.

Your guests won’t forget your evening reception for a long time with options like sizzling wok dishes prepared right before your eyes
Or why not treat your loved ones to a fragrant and colourful paella to bring a bit of Spanish flair to your celebrations?

We’re also seeing lots of couples adding a surprise course to their wedding menus and our elderflower sorbet with caramelised pink grapefruit is an incredibly popular palette cleanser. Our surprise courses and bespoke menus allow you really personalise your wedding menu and delight your guests so why not ask your Events Team for more details?

Our surprise courses are the perfect way to inject a bit of fun and sharp flavour into your wedding breakfast

Finally, we absolutely have to talk about desserts and for a bitter and sharp pudding you’ll never forget, how about a dark chocolate tart with a cherry sorbet served on chocolate soil with a pecan salted crumb? Or, would you prefer a dark chocolate mousse served with chocolate truffles and coffee macrons? Of course, with Galloping Gourmet, the choice is yours.

Round off this special menu with a delicate combination of sweet and bitter for dessert

To find out more about our wedding food and drink options for 2019, download a copy of our latest menu here. If you’d like to know more about creating your own bespoke menu, contact your venue’s Events Team for more details.

Images courtesy of Paul Willetts Photography, Rebekah Robert Photography , JAKT Photography and Jinjabird Photography